The Crooked Valley

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Uber’s Defense in California Driver Class-Action Lawsuit

The company kind of has a point—we do need better labor laws. Just not the ones Silicon Valley is promoting.

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Facebook Wants to Redline Your Friends List

The company recently filed a patent on using social network data to influence lending decisions. God help us all.

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The Pointlessness of M-City

Why test cars on fake roads when they'll need to operate on real ones?

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There's No Such Thing as 'The Gig Economy'

This isn’t a matter of technology—a service economy by another name is still a service economy.

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Five of the Silliest Ideas About the Near-Future of Work

The way we work is changing, but not quickly enough for the boosters peddling these ideas.

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Google Is Planning to Plan Your City

The company has more practice than you might expect.

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No, You Don’t Have Free Speech Online

We treat platforms like they are public utilities. They’re not—but maybe they could be.

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Silicon Valley’s Extremely Expensive Bunk Beds

The secondary housing market in the Bay Area is blowing up, but collective living isn’t always “sharing.”

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Silicon Valley Is the Best and Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Art

When tech workers are considered the true “creative class,” artists don’t appear to win.

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Why San Francisco Needs Rand Paul

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has opened a new campaign office in a San Francisco tech incubator. He—and his philosophies on unregulated markets—will fit right in.

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Tech TV: Silicon Valley vs. 'Silicon Valley'

Media depictions of tech are rubbing some viewers the wrong way—but the entertainment industry is not the real problem.

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Tech Companies Want to Replace Payday Loan Shops

High-interest loans are predatory whether you get them at a corner store or in an app.

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When Crowdfunding Sites Host Killer Cop Campaigns

Platforms that bill themselves as revolutionary are learning what that really means.

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Facebook Would Like a Monopoly on Your Entire Life

What do we stand to lose when we gain big convenient platforms?

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The Folly of the Unicorns

Venture capital’s money and myths are producing more bloat than good.

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Ellen Pao Might Not Win, and That’s OK

Regardless of the legal outcome, her lawsuit against a venerable venture capital firm stands to change the way Silicon Valley is perceived both inside and out.

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The Persistence of the Office

More workers are telecommuting than ever before, but tech is clinging to the campus life that made it so homogenous.